The Netherlands’ Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, has tasked Ghanaian media to focus more on investigative journalism as part of the anti corruption crusade in the country.
According to him, Ghana will be better off without corruption which swallows million of aid, loans and grants.
Ron Strikker said this at the launch of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Ghana Integrity Initiative, GII, in Accra.
Ghana Integrity Initiative is the Local Chapter of Transparency International, a global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
It was launched in December 1999 as a non-partisan, non-profit civil empowerment organization.
Its vision is to make Ghana a corruption free society, where people and institutions act accountably with integrity.
Ron Strikker stated that corruption is a bad practise which makes organisations suffer and will stay away if they think they are going to be harassed by corruption.
He commended Ghanaians who continue to demonstrate remarkable determination to shy away from corrupt practices that included misuse of office for personal benefit and making unlawful facilitation of payments to fast track processes.
A Political Statistician at the University of Ghana and Fellow of the Institute of Democratic Governance, Professor Joseph Atsu Aryee, said the cause for the widespread corruption in the country was as a result of ineffective national integrity system.
He added that the fight against corruption in the country is inconsistent and selective saying; “there is the need to have a legal framework to check corruption in the country”.
On her part, the Chairperson of Star Ghana Foundation, Dr. Esther Offei Aboagye, also commended GII for advocating strategies to help in the campaign against corruption.
She said GII has over the years helped in policy formulation to fight corruption and called on stakeholders to support GII to rid the country of corruption.
Some of the activities earmarked for the celebration included; GII Anti-Corruption School, Ghana Integrity Awards, Broader Stakeholders’ Engagement and Business Integrity Forums.
The rest are What Do You Know, Media Soiree, 2019 UN International Anti-Corruption Day, Home Coming, Remembering the less privileged as well as Thanksgiving Service.
By: Paul Mamattah